News – October 4, 2021

(Columbus) A Columbus woman will spend six years in prison in a murder-for-hire plot. In June, Kelly Harper plead guilty to using the Internet to hire a hitman. The 38-year-old was taken into custody in February for using the dark web in attempts to hire a hitman and pay them in bitcoin currency to kill her ex-husband. A search warrant was executed at her residence and authorities located screenshots from a murder-for-hire website, as well as one of the pictures Harper sent to the site’s administrator.

(Beaver Dam) Marshfield Medical Center – Beaver Dam Chief Administrative Officer Angelia Foster says health care professionals are concerned at the number of young adults being hospitalized with COVID. Foster says last year, most people who were hospitalized were of the older generation who had comorbidities. She says what they are seeing now, is more admissions of people who are in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s. The biggest reason those people are in the hospital, Foster notes, is that they are unvaccinated.

(Beaver Dam) Curbside bulk garbage pick-up in Beaver Dam begins today. Department of Public Works officials say bulk waste collection is scheduled for each resident’s garbage collection day the first full week in October. This year’s collection dates will be today through Friday. Bulk waste can also be disposed of at a drop-off site at the intersection of Myrtle Road and Beltline Drive on the first Wednesday of each month from 4pm to 7pm and on the third Saturday from 8am to noon.

(Waupun) The Waupun School District is accepting bids for snow removal services for the school year. Those interested are asked to bid rates on a per hour charge and indicate the equipment that will be utilized. Bids should also include snow plowing or parking lots and driveways only. Sidewalks and salt application should not be included in the bid. The district is made up of the Junior and Senior High School in Waupun, Sages Charter School in Fox Lake, and Amity School in Brandon. Bids can include one or all locations. All applications must be received by the Education Service Center by Friday.

(Wisconsin) The first subpoenas have been issued in a partisan review of Wisconsin’s 2020 presidential election. Former conservative state Supreme Court Justice Michael Gablemen issued those subpoenas on Friday. The Journal Sentinel reports that Gableman wants to take testimony on October 15th with Wisconsin Elections Commission director Meagan Wolfe, along with local officials from Madison, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Racine, and Kenosha. Gableman wants obtain information about private grants that went to help conduct elections in those five cities. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, who hired Gableman to oversee the election review, said last week that he was “supremely confident” in the eventual outcome. – WRN

(Wisconsin) Legislation at the Capitol could decrease vaping by Wisconsin teens. The bill would raise the age to purchase tobacco products – including e-cigarettes and vaping cartridges – to 21 in Wisconsin. A recently released study from the Food and Drug Administration and the CDC estimates that more than 2 million U.S. middle and high school students are currently using e-cigarettes. – WRN